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Rick Morse to Lead Laird’s Wireless Automation and Control Solutions Business

October 28, 2013 2:59 pm | by Laird | News | Comments

Laird announced the appointment of Rick Morse as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Wireless Automation and Control Solutions (WACS) Business, a unit of Laird’s Wireless Systems Division. Laird’s Wireless Automation and Control Solutions have helped prevent serious injury while increasing efficiency and productivity by allowing machine operators to move to a safer, more efficient location.

Beckhoff Automation LLC Wins NAIOP Minnesota Award of Excellence for New Headquarters Office

October 28, 2013 2:55 pm | by Beckhoff Automation | News | Comments

Beckhoff Automation has received a NAIOP Award of Excellence for commercial real estate in Minnesota that recognizes the company’s newly built headquarters facility in Savage, Minn. NAIOP is the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, representing commercial real estate developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use properties.

Vitesse Transforms Carrier Model to Monetize Ethernet Business Services

October 28, 2013 2:51 pm | by Vitesse Semiconductor | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor broadened its Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine portfolio with Jaguar-2 (VSC7468), a turnkey, single chip solution for MEF CE 2.0-compliant delivery of business services over public and private cloud networks. Jaguar-2, with Vitesse Service Aware Architecture(ViSAA), delivers the industry's most advanced Operations...

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LogMeIn’s Xively and eConais Team to Help Creation of Connected Products on the Internet of Things

October 28, 2013 2:44 pm | by Xively | News | Comments

Xively announced a strategic partnership with eConais, a global leader in ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi modules and Systems in Packages (SiPs) for IoT Terminals. Together, the companies are providing product designers and businesses with a complete solution for Wi-Fi-enabling, managing and supporting IoT-connected devices at scale.

X-COM Systems to Demonstrate at AOC Convention

October 28, 2013 2:39 pm | by X-COM Systems | News | Comments

X-COM Systems will be exhibiting its products for broadband signal capture, recording, playback, and multi-channel signal generation at the 50th AOC International Symposium and Convention, October 27 to 30 in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

iPad Art Gains Recognition in New Hockney Exhibit

October 28, 2013 9:47 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain's most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touchscreen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests, and richly...

Crop of High-Tech Farmers Sows Results with Apps

October 28, 2013 9:45 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new cyber tool that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems came to life after a University of Vermont researcher realized farmers just weren't very good at keeping records. Department of Agriculture this spring to expand the app for use around the Northeast and California...

NYSE Holds 'Successful' Dry Run for Twitter IPO

October 28, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Stock Exchange says its test run of Twitter's initial public offering on Saturday was a success, as the exchange takes pains to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook's debut. While the NYSE frequently does testing on the weekend, this was the first time the exchange conducted...

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Israeli Tunnel Hit By Cyberattack, Experts Say

October 28, 2013 9:39 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Israel's military chief delivered a high-profile speech this month outlining the greatest threats his country might face in the future, he listed computer sabotage as a top concern, warning a sophisticated cyberattack could one day bring the nation...

Report: U.S. Monitored 60M Calls in Spain

October 28, 2013 9:36 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies...

Meaghan's Minute: Laser Power

October 25, 2013 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, measuring optical power employed aiming a laser at a coated detector, measuring the detector’s temperature change, and determining the electrical power needed to generate an equivalent amount of heat. An extremely accurate method, but difficult with high-power lasers.

Photos of the Day: Photon-Electron Coupling

October 25, 2013 10:23 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers mixed photons from an intense laser pulse with an exotic surface electrons on a topological insulator. Their high-speed camera captured snapshots of the exotic state, from its generation to its rapid disappearance, a process lasting only a few hundred femtoseconds. They also found there were different kinds of mixed states when the polarization of the photons changed.

Persuading Light to Mix it up with Matter

October 25, 2013 10:22 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have succeeded in producing and measuring a coupling of photons and electrons on the surface of an unusual type of material called a topological insulator. This type of coupling had been predicted by theorists, but never...

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Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

Chip Growth Leads Samsung to Another Record Profit

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $7.5 billion.

Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft

October 25, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Microsoft shares jumped 6 percent before the opening bell Friday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, marking a strong start for a major overhaul at the world's largest software company. Conditions in the PC industry, according to Citigroup's Walter Pritchard, might not look as bad as they previously did.

Twitter Sets $17 to $20 Per Share Range for IPO

October 25, 2013 9:29 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.

Portable Vision Screening Devices Identify Vision Problems

October 25, 2013 9:26 am | by Debbie Jacobson, American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Dolphins Inspire New Radar System to Detect Hidden Surveillance & Explosive Devices

October 24, 2013 9:42 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Detecting Bombs with Sound Waves

October 24, 2013 9:29 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | Videos | Comments

That capability -- never before reported in a remote bomb detection system -- was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conferenceon Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection

October 24, 2013 9:22 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability – never before reported in a remote bomb detection system – was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams.

Smartphone Competition Weighs on LG Earnings

October 24, 2013 9:10 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The result shows the challenges faced by handset makers trying to break into the premium smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Activist Investor Icahn Reconnects with Apple CEO

October 24, 2013 9:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn may be putting more pressure on Apple CEO Tim Cook to get more aggressive about boosting the iPhone maker's stock price.Icahn posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had sent Cook a letter in the afternoon.

T-Mobile to Offer Free Data Service for Tablets

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about 800 Instagram photos or listen to more than three hours of streaming music, the company said.

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